Why Do Houses Have Two Floors?
If you live in a condo or apartment, this won’t apply to you. But if you live in a house like I do, let me ask you a question I’ve been asking for about 20 years.
Why does your house have two floors? Why does it have an upstairs and a downstairs? Does it really need two floors? Why can’t everything be on one floor? I’ve been house-hunting lately and this question as arisen once again.
Why is it that if you are downstairs and need something upstairs, you have to walk up a flight of stairs, grab the item, and walk back down the stairs again?
How about when you’ve gotten into your car in your garage, and realize you’ve left something…upstairs. Oh, that’s fun! Then you have to get out of your car and trek a journey of six miles to get the thing you forgot.
How about when it’s hot outside? Don’t you just love how your upstairs is always about 15 degrees warmer than the downstairs? But you have air conditioning, you say. Great. So you activate the AC and as soon as the upstairs gets to a tolerable temperature, everyone’s complaining that the entire downstairs feels like a freezer.
Don’t even get me started about all the trouble old folks have navigating homes with stairs.
Wouldn’t houses be easier if everything was on one floor? The GROUND floor? If you really want a basement, then fine, but why does your house have an upstairs? Is there any reason at all?
The answer is no. There is no reason…for you. Having an upstairs is a massive inconvenience for everyone who lives there. But there is a reason for the developer of the home. If he builds homes upwards rather than outwards, he can fit more houses on a particular plot of land and make more moo-la. He wins, you lose.
It strikes me as odd that something as important as houses are one of the few products people purchase that are designed to satisfy the seller rather than the consumer of the product.